NEW YORK, May 7 — Amber Heard testified Thursday that her ex-husband Johnny Depp sexually assaulted her and threatened to “cut” her face with a broken bottle during a heated argument a month after they married in 2015.
The 36 year old player Aquaman The actress recounted several instances of alleged physical and sexual abuse during her second day on the witness stand in the defamation case filed against her by the “caribbean rages star.
Depp, 58, sued Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”.
Heard did not name Depp in the op-ed, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking US$50 million (RM217.4 million) in damages.
Heard, born in Texas, fought back, demanding US$100 million and claiming she had suffered “endemic violence and physical abuse” at his hands.
She recounted in harrowing detail an incident that took place in March 2015 in Australia, where Depp was filming the fifth installment of the pirate series.
Depp testified earlier in the trial that an “irritated” Heard was the aggressor in the argument and cut the tip of one of his fingers while throwing a bottle of vodka at him.
Heard provided a very different account on the witness stand Thursday.
She said she confronted Depp about his drinking and he challenged her to try and get him a bottle.
“I’m taking it,” she said. “I slammed it on the floor right between us.
“It really pissed him off. It was like a light bulb switch had gone off.
She said Depp threw another bottle at her but “luckily she missed”. “Also cans, like cans of soda, beer or cans of soda, and they come to me one after another.”
“At one point he had a broken bottle against my face, my neck, near my jaw and he said he would cut my face off,” she said, adding that Depp was yelling at her that she had “ruined her life”. .”
Sobbing, Heard said Depp ripped off her nightgown and sexually assaulted her with a bottle.
“Johnny had the bottle inside me and pushed it inside me over and over again,” she said, while repeatedly threatening to kill her.
Heard said she managed to escape and when she came down from her room the next morning she found that Depp had used blood from her finger, food and paint to write “incoherent” messages. throughout the home – on mirrors, walls, lampshades and other surfaces. .
She said she didn’t know how her fingertip was cut off.
“I feel so embarrassed”
Heard also testified to another incident in which Depp allegedly slapped and kicked her on a plane after he accused her of having an affair with James Franco, her co-star on The Adderall Logs.
“He was mad at me for taking the job with James Franco,” Heard said.
“He hated, hated James Franco and was already accusing me of secretly having a thing with him in my past since we did ‘Pineapple Express’ together.”
“He called me a bitch,” Heard said, recounting the incident that happened during a robbery in May 2014.
She said Depp, who had been drinking, slapped her in the face at one point and kicked her in the back as she moved to another seat.
Members of Depp’s security detail and his aides were on the plane at the time, she said.
“Nobody said anything, nobody did anything. It was like you could hear a pin drop on that plane,” she said. “And I remember feeling so embarrassed.”
Depp, during four days of testimony earlier, denied ever being physically violent towards Heard and claimed it was her who was often violent.
Depp’s lawyers earlier brought in experts who testified he lost millions from the abuse charges, including a $22.5 million salary for the sixth installment of the ‘Pirates’ franchise. .
Depp filed the libel suit in the US after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 which he brought against The sun for calling him a “woman beater”.
Three-time Oscar nominee Depp and Heard met in 2009 on the set of The rum journal and tied the knot in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later. —AFP